There was a moment in this game when Aleksandar Mitrovic was coming off to be replaced by Papiss Cisse and after the Serbian came off he got a hug from head coach Steve McClaren.
Steve was relaxing a bit and smiled as he knew not only Aleksandar but his team had given the display they needed to give in front of their faithful fans and ended up winning the game 6-2 after things had looked dodgy in that first half as we were able to score three goals but we also conceded two poor goals.
A smiling Steve McClaren near the end of the game today with Mitrovic
In fact the game was great entertainment as both sides were willing to attack and as the game for was far too open for two weak defenses.
We´ll remmebr the good things today and there were plenty of them, but our defense was very weak in that first half and Steve knows both our strengths and weaknesses were on display.
Here´s what he said after the game:
“It’s Newcastle! Is it possible to make any sense of that?” “That’s what we’re discovering.” “Today we showed what we are capable of. At times, we looked devastating”
“I couldn’t even relax at 4-2, maybe a bit at 5-2 and yes, eventually at 6-2.” “It was great to see Gigi get his rewards and Moussa Sissoko also showed what he can do.”
“He wants to be a top four player and he will be if he performs like that.” “They were excellent along with Ayoze Perez and Aleksandar Mitrovic though at the back we rode our luck at times.”
“I never got too low after losing 6-1 at Manchester City and won’t get too high after this,” “But today we showed what we are capable of. At times, we looked devastating.”
“Now we have to sustain it. Football is all about momentum. We’ve had it the other way, now we want it going forward.”
We were great going forward and we doubled the points we had gained in the previous eight games and also doubled the number of goals we have scored from six to twelve.
Not bad for one game.
But we now have to carry this form and determination into the early kick-off game at Sunderland next Sunday.
If we lose our 6th game in a row against the Black Cats it will be another embarrassment and allow Sunderland to draw level with us on points.
Another win would be fantastic.